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Historian and detective: ‘There’s always more to discover.’ Saul David on exploring the History of the Entebbe Hostage Crisis.

Posted on: 08/07/2015 with tags: history, history book, hostage crisis, operation thunderbolt, raid, saul david

‘What are you working on?’ a friend asked in 2013.            ‘A history of the Entebbe Raid,’ I replied.            ‘Hasn’t that been done to death?’            Well no, actually. It’s true that the miraculous rescue of 100 hostages by Israeli commandos in July 1976 was a huge international news story. Within months the mission had inspired three hastily written books – all by journalists – and three feature films, including Victory at Entebbe starring Anthony Hopkins, Burt Lancaster and Elizab…

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Antonia Hodgson: Cock-fighting and Animal Cruelty

Posted on: 01/06/2015 with tags: antonia hodgson, devil in the marshalsea, historical crime, history, the last confession of thomas hawkins

Cock-fighting and Animal Cruelty by Antonia Hodgson, author of THE LAST CONFESSION OF THOMAS HAWKINS and THE DEVIL IN THE MARSHALSEAReading fiction is an act of empathy. As we step into another world – whether it’s set in the past, present or some distant future – we disappear into other lives. We meet characters we might avoid or not even notice in real life, and as we turn the pages, we begin to care about them. We put ourselves in their place, question their choices, worry for their safety.So…

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Buy My Wares – The Great British Bake Off Week Eight

Posted on: 24/09/2014 with tags: An Appetite for Violets, author blog, baking, cakes, historical fiction, history, Martine Bailey, The Great British Bake Off, The Penny Heart

The fruited breads and doughnut challenges on this week’s episode of The Great British Bake Off recall the great British tradition of street food. For centuries fruited bready buns were the staple of street hawkers, crying their wares or singing early advertising jingles like the ‘Sally Lunn bun’ song of Bath: ‘No more I heed the muffin zest, The Yorkshire cake or bun,  Sweet Muse of Pastry teach me how,To make a Sally Lunn.’ Doughnuts too, have a history of being outdoor food long before Krispy…

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The Battle of Britain Memorial Service – by Claire Lorrimer

Posted on: 26/08/2014 with tags: author blog, Battle of Britain, Claire Lorrimer, history, memorial, world war II

Eight weeks ago, I was asked to lay a wreath at the Battle of Britain Memorial on the cliffs above Folkestone at Capel-Le-Ferne. It was an emotional day as I had served in the WAAF – the Women’s Auxiliary Air Force – during the war. Not only had I lost two young cousins in those desperate air battles when we were on the brink  of invasion, but in 1944 the Lancaster bomber pilot I was hoping to marry when the war was over, did not return from one of the dangerous bombing raids when one in five pl…

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